Make Up Tips
So you have decided not to invest in a professional make up artist and give it a go yourself. That's totally cool. Here are some tips to help you so that you look your very best for your portraits.
- Start with a clean and moisturized face.
- If possible apply your makeup in natural window light. You may have to take your make up bag and a mirror into another room but you will need good lighting for even application of your make up.
- Begin with a Primer. Primer is as important as foundation. Primer is a base that preps your face for a nice smooth application by concealing large pores, uneven texture and even fine lines (yes, you do have them and they will show up in your pictures) Here are some primer recommendations. L'Oreal Studio Secrets, Rimmel London Fix Perfect Primer, Benefit POREfessional Face Primer, M.A.C. Prep and Prime.
- Do NOT use mineral make up. Mineral make up is awesome for wearing out every day but in photographs it can give a very undesirable shine. Professional photographer and make up artist Dana Tate recommends Revlon Colorstay Makeup that you can buy right in your local drugstore or if you are looking for a high end option M.A.C. Studio Fix . The biggest thing to remember is that you want a matte finish. You don't want anything that has shimmer in it. Apply your make up with a foundation brush or and/or beauty sponge. This will ensure a nice even application. Applying with your fingers will result in uneven streaky application that will be extremely noticeable in your photo.
- Use a big fluffy brush and a translucent matte powder to set your foundation. Remember to you a matte powder otherwise you will end up looking shiny (which will seem more oily) Bring your powder to your session in case you need to reset after being outdoors in the warm weather for a while. Some options are Revlon Photoready Translucent Finisher and M.A.C. Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
- Time for the eyes. They say eyes are the windows to the soul and in your photos you want them to really pop. You will want to use matte or satin neutral shades for a timeless and beautiful look. Trendy colors are great for fun but when you look back they will for sure make you wonder what you were thinking. Avoid using eye make up with shimmer or glitter! Some of my favorites include L'Oreal La-Pallete Nude, TooFaced Natural Matte Pallette, Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes, Buxom Suede Seduction Eye Shadow Pallette, and LORAC Pro Matte Pallette.
- Eyeliner. One of the biggest mistakes made with eyeliner is the raccoon eye look. Also right now it is super trendy to do a winged eyeline. Look, if you love it and you can master it, and I mean REALLY master it, nice even lines, then go for it. Just know that it is really difficult to master this look on your own. The best thing you can do is line your eyes to flatter their shape. CLICK HERE for a guide. When in doubt, less is more, a thin black or brown line on the lower lash just to enhance what is there can be most flattering.
- Mascara is a must! There is no point doing all of that work on your eyes unless you plan on framing the with a nice waterproof mascara. Don't use mascara that is more than 6 months old. It will be clumpy and dry and will eventually leave flecks of black on your cheeks, and that's just not good. I love Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes. Some other favorites are Too Faced Better Than S*X Waterproof Mascara , CLINIQUE High Impact Waterproof Mascara and L'Oreal Voluminous Superstart Mascara Waterproof.
- Just like with the rest of your face you're going to want to stay away from shimmery or glittery blushes. You should choose a color that closely resembles your natural blush, like when you have been exercising or laughing. Be careful when blushing, it can get clownish pretty easily. For some tips on blush application click HERE or HERE or HERE